Sukendar is currently a PhD student in the Women’s Studies Department, Flinders University, Australia, funded by the Australian Development Scholarship (ADS), now Australia Awards (AAS). After completing his MA (Women’s Studies) at the Flinders University, in 2005, Sukendar worked for the State Islamic University Walisongo Semarang, where he taught Tafsir (interpretation) of the Quran, Gender and Islam, and Conflict Resolution. He worked also with Walisongo Mediation Centre, where he delivered some mediation services in community and domestic disputes. This resulted in him being elected as a commissioner for the Komisi Perlindungan Korban Kekerasan Berbasis Gender dan Anak (Commission for Victims Protection of Gender-Based Violence and Children) of Central Java Province, 2011-2013.
Sukendar received training in conflict resolution from the Wageningen University of the Netherlands (2007), the European Peace University (EPU) of Austria (2009), and the Asia Resources Foundation (ARF) of Thailand (2012). He is a fluent speaker of Arabic and expert in Islamic Studies. He was awarded the Best Graduate of 1997 from the State Islamic University Walisongo Semarang, where he completed a Bachelor (1997) and a Master Degree (2001) in Islamic Studies. Sukendar’s international leadership experiences started in 2005 when he was elected as Chairperson for Masyarakat Islam Indonesia Australia Selatan/Indonesian Islamic Community of South Australia (MIIAS) and as the President of Flinders University Islamic Association (FUISA). Sukendar is currently active in promoting moderate and peaceful Islam through his speeches every Saturday evening in Kajian Islam Adelaide (Adelaide Islamic Studies).
Sukendar’s research qualitatively examines the effectiveness of the support and advocacy provided by the Central Java Government for the survivors of domestic violence through the establishment of government-based women’s crisis centre in provincial and district level. It explores the perceptions of the survivors of domestic violence, policy makers, NGOs and grass roots organisations on the programs of the centres.